Syria Vote

I voted against further military action in Syria because I don’t think the case was made by the Prime Minister, or, I’m afraid to say, by our own front bench. I am unconvinced by Cameron’s claim that there are 70,000 ground forces ready to fight Daesh, and I believe the course of action the Government […]

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Autumn Statement

If one good thing came out of the Autumn Statement it was the announcement that the Chancellor is dropping cuts to tax credits.    George Osborne had been planning to raid three million families of £1,300 a year, so it will come as a relief to those families that this vital support has not been […]

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Junior Doctors’ Contracts

There was a really good turnout for the junior doctors demonstration in Newcastle. The Government’s approach to the proposed junior doctor contracts is completely the wrong way forward. An article in the Independent today suggests very strongly that the Tories offer of an 11% pay increase for junior doctors is actually a 26% pay cut […]

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Trade Union Bill

I have spent a great deal of my time over the last month on the Trade Union Bill Committee, pulling the Bill apart piece by piece. The Bill is a major attack upon civil liberties, rights of association and right to strike. It will make it almost impossible to strike legally. It will hamper people’s […]

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